Capitol Hill Community

04/17/2017 - 9:29am
Be prepared for an invasion. Not from across the ocean, but from little critters hitching a ride on mice: ticks. Each year the territory of ticks carrying Lyme disease appears to be spreading, and urban and suburban environments are ripe for the reason they spread: mice. While traditionally people have blamed Lyme disease on deer, mice appear to play an even larger role in spreading disease-infected ticks.  Research by ecologists has shown that the numbers of mice the previous year... >>more
04/08/2017 - 10:12am
Developers and renovation projects in the District could get financial assistance from the city to prioritize “green” installations through a new bill Mayor Muriel Bowser proposed on March 15. The legislation would establish the nation’s first municipal “green bank.” Mayor Bowser has proposed that the District invest $7 million per year for five years to fund a Green Bank from a transfer of existing and future allotments in the Renewable Energy Development Fund (... >>more
04/08/2017 - 9:15am
On the far southwest side of Ward 8, overlooking the confluence of the Anacostia and the Potomac, and continuing for two miles south looking out over the Potomac all the way to the Naval Research Lab, is a very special place. It is nearly 200 acres of overlooks and forests with the name Shepherd Parkway. The area was originally an important part of the ring of defensive earthen forts built around the time of the Civil War. Remnants of Fort Carroll and Fort Greble are still identified. The... >>more
04/07/2017 - 10:15am
“Can I recycle this?” As an avid and self-promoting recycler residing in the District, I dread this question. Unfortunately, and for too long, the answer in DC has been, “It depends.” “It depends” depends on where you intend to recycle the item and what the “material processing facility” (MRF, fondly pronounced “merf”) – the recycling company that services that recycling bin – will accept as a recyclable product. While... >>more
04/07/2017 - 9:10am
While “statehood” and voting representation in Congress continue to elude residents, in February DC gained a state fish and more authority to protect its natural resources. In signing the Fisheries and Wildlife Omnibus Amendment Act of 2016, Mayor Muriel Bowser granted the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) more authority to protect natural resources, oversee recreational fishing, and increase environmental protections for aquatic life, wetlands, and shorelines.... >>more
04/06/2017 - 9:10am
The Capitol Riverfront is such an exciting environment to explore, connect with, and thrive in year-round. While the winter months keep residents, employees, and visitors cozily indoors at a variety of bars and restaurants in the neighborhood, the warmer weather beckons them outside to enjoy all that this area’s outdoors have to offer. With the open space and water features of Canal Park and Yards Park, river recreation, Nationals baseball, outdoor concerts, daily fitness classes, outdoor... >>more
04/05/2017 - 10:21am
It’s not just the plants in your garden that are popping up their heads this time of year. New businesses are sprouting along the H Street NE corridor, and two classics recently staged returns. A Trip Off the Beaten Path Leads to a Japanese Treat Even if you find yourself out in the H Street NE corridor on a regular basis, there’s a good chance you might not yet have discovered the joys of Conbini Cafe ( It’s easy to miss the new cafe, which offers... >>more
04/05/2017 - 9:12am
One sign of spring on Capitol Hill is the gala dinner at the Folger Shakespeare Library that each year brings together several hundred people to honor neighbors for their particular contributions to the community.  A fundraiser for the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, the dinner celebrates the many and varied ways that individuals enhance and support our neighborhood.  This year’s honorees are Geoff Lewis, Steve and Mary Park, and Scott Kratz.  Geoff Lewis In 2005 Geoff... >>more
04/04/2017 - 9:12am
The news seems to be well known at this point, but I will still note here officially that Bill Walsh, known colloquially in these parts as Mr. JDLand, died on Wednesday of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, a rotten cancer of the bile ducts and liver made more rotten by the frequency with which it isn't found until it has spread. I won't run down his full biography here, except to say that he spent 20 years at The Washington Post and was known throughout the language biz as the rock star... >>more